East Ridge Trail

Redwood Regional Park, California

Elevation Gain1,145ft
Trailhead Elevation1,274ft
Elevation Min/Max822/1335ft
Elevation Start/End1274/1274ft

East Ridge Trail

East Ridge Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Alameda County and Contra Costa County, California. It is within Anthony Chabot Regional Park and Redwood Regional Park. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 1,274 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,145 feet. The Skyline Gate Staging Area and Pinehurst Staging Area parkings and Streams Restoration and another information are near the trailhead. There are also a telephone, drinking water, restrooms, and a waste basket. Verna Stocks Roberts' Bench and another bench can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Bay Area Ridge Trail, Canyon Trail, Phillips Loop, Eucalyptus Trail, Prince Trail and Redwood Trail.

East Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"It’s refreshing to know that from the bustling cities of the East Bay, just minutes from Oakland, you can get out into the “woods,” away from the city madness. Redwood Regional Park is a gem. Here, you can enjoy a great workout, riding this 9.7-mile loop, comprised of mildly to moderately challenging fire roads. And for added spice, there’s a 2.8-mile stretch that technically advanced bikers will love. But that’s not to say strong beginners should avoid this route. This loop can be ridden in whatever direction suits your ability. If you’re a strong beginner with only basic bike handling skills, go for the clockwise direction. If you’re an adventurous intermediate or advanced rider, you’ll find the counterclockwise direction to be more fun and challenging. The clockwise direction lets you savor a fast, mildly technical 3.3-mile descent, followed by a 2.8 somewhat advanced technical uphill section. The technical section is made challenging by irregularly shaped and sized large slabs of rocks, effectively creating a sort of stair-stepping terrain, spiced with short drops and some loose dirt and rock."

"This section of the East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail, here part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, follows the West Ridge Trail through Redwood Regional Park for almost that trail’s entire length, then uses the Golden Spike nd MacDonald trails to reach the northern edge of Anthony Chabot Regional Park. While not particularly scenic, this point-to-point trip gives you an opportunity to see a wide variety of trees and shrubs, including impressive coast redwoods, and, in spring, songbirds and butterflies. The West Ridge Trail spends much time in the open, a consideration on a hot day, but is considerably less strenuous than the alternate East Bay Skyline route, the well-shaded French Trail."

East Ridge Trail Reviews

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East Ridge Trail is truly a "choose your own adventure" type of trail. Its wide, flat and sunny or narrow, winding and shady. There's Eucalyptus, Redwoods, sometimes a stream, wildflowers, benches, picnic tables and lots of people, dogs and kids. This is a popular area but even when the parking lot is intimidatingly full the trails themselves never feel crowded. There's always a turnoff or loop to explore. Follow along with the Trails.com app to hit up all the connectors without fear of getting lost.

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Trail Information

Redwood Regional Park
Nearby City
Redwood Regional Park

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Oct 2018